Pepsi will install thousands of health-focused vending machines across the country next year.

Pepsi’s New Hello Goodness Vending Machines Offer Only “Healthy” Options

PepsiCo wants consumers to know that it is taking their health seriously, and to demonstrate that, the company says it plans to install vending machines offering only healthy products around the country.  [More]

Home Depot Continued To Sell 28 Products After Safety Recalls

Home Depot Continued To Sell 28 Products After Safety Recalls

When a product is recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, it becomes illegal for a retailer to continue to sell that item. But Home Depot apparently wasn’t following that rule for the past three years, selling 28 different products after they were recalled.  [More]

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Study Claims 43% Of “Wild” Salmon In Stores & Restaurants Isn’t Wild At All

That wild salmon entrée calling to you from the menu at dinner might not be all it’s advertised. In fact a new study released Wednesday found evidence of mislabeling in nearly half of all salmon sold in restaurants and grocery stores.  [More]

RJ Reynolds Ordered To Stop Selling 4 Cigarette Brands

RJ Reynolds Ordered To Stop Selling 4 Cigarette Brands

The nation’s top cigarette manufacturer must stop selling four products after federal regulators determined RJ Reynolds failed to show the brands did not pose increased health risks compared to items already on the market. [More]

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Want Your iPhone Accessory Sold In An Apple Store? Let Apple Design The Box

The accessories department at Apple retail stores across the country are about to get a bit more matchy-matchy, as the retailer prepares to line its shelves with third-party accessories encased in packaging that looks suspiciously like those used for actual Apple products. [More]

(Steven Depolo)

CFPB Launches Financial Coaching Program For Transitioning Servicemembers, Financially Underserved

The first step in living a fiscally responsible life is to understand what financial products are available and how they fit into your goals. Or at least that’s the idea behind the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s recently launched Financial Coaching Initiative that aims to assist certain groups of consumers become financially independent and knowledgeable. [More]

Walmart’s “Women-Owned” Campaign Officially Launches In Stores & Online

Walmart’s “Women-Owned” Campaign Officially Launches In Stores & Online

Last June Walmart said it would work to bring awareness to women-led companies by sticking “women-owned” labels on a range of products in its stores. While the retailer initially planned to start the campaign last fall, it finally appears to be getting around to it this month. [More]

(Ninja M.)

Do We Choose Which Products We Like Based On How Easy They Are To Pick Up?

How hard do you look at products before you grab them? While we’re usually not thinking, “oooh that looks nice and grabbable, I’m going to buy it,” one researchers says that how easy objects are to pick up and use might have some effect on us when it comes time to choose what we want. [More]

Are Upside-Down Tomato Planters No Good?

Are Upside-Down Tomato Planters No Good?

A tipster sent us a link to this short advice column on gardening at PennLive.com, where the author says upside-down planters in general aren’t that great, and in dry hot summers are particularly bad for your tomatoes. [More]

Poll: Which April Fool's Product Should Become Real This Time?

Poll: Which April Fool's Product Should Become Real This Time?

Last year, demand for ThinkGeek’s April Fool’s Tauntaun sleeping bag was so intense that the company began selling it for reals. This time around, the site is taunting visitors with a “Want these products for real?” survey. We, however, don’t want to limit our wish-fool thinking to one site, so we want to know: Which of this year’s gag products would you most like to see in the wild? [More]

Ellen Can't Open The Make-Up She Endorses

Ellen Can't Open The Make-Up She Endorses

A viewer recently wrote to Ellen DeGeneres asking if she’d ever tried to open the Cover Girl Simply Ageless foundation that she endorses. The answer, it seems, is no. [More]

Pitch Your Ideas To Procter & Gamble (But They Don't Want Kitty Swiffers)

Pitch Your Ideas To Procter & Gamble (But They Don't Want Kitty Swiffers)

If you’ve been sitting on some great idea that will make life easier for the average consumer, you can try pitching it to Procter & Gamble, writes the New York Times. Swiffer, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, and Glad ForceFlex trash bags all originated outside of P&G, although in most cases these outside ideas come from other companies. Still, you can go to their Connect + Develop website to pitch your own products if you like–just don’t try putting swiffer booties on cats, because they’ve already rejected that idea. [More]

Lick An Envelope, Taste Some Bacon

Lick An Envelope, Taste Some Bacon

The entrepreneur-humanitarians behind Bacon Salt, Bacon Pop, and Baconnaise have introduced two new products. J & D’s has expanded their bacon flavoring empire to bacon-flavored microwave popcorn and another product that is neither food nor seasoning—snail-mail envelopes.

FDA: Um, Please Do Not Buy Stupid #$@% Like "Swine Flu Shampoo"

FDA: Um, Please Do Not Buy Stupid #$@% Like "Swine Flu Shampoo"

The FDA is calling on consumers not to fall for unapproved bogus “swine flu” or “H1N1” products that claim to offer a cure or other health benefits. There’s even a “swine flu shampoo” that claims to protect against the virus. Awesome.

Gee, Jay Leno Sure Does Like Talking About Products

Gee, Jay Leno Sure Does Like Talking About Products

Edrants.com recently edited together all the moments of Leno & guests dropping product names. Yes, this is just one episode’s worth of product references.

Sears Caught Selling "Grills to Cook Babies" Thanks To Poorly Built Website

Sears Caught Selling "Grills to Cook Babies" Thanks To Poorly Built Website

Yesterday a reader sent us a pretty funny screen capture of a Sears product page with a suspicious category description (see above). By the time we got around to checking it out, Sears had corrected the error. It turns out, however, that the real problem was the Sears website was built in a way that lets anyone mess with the category descriptions.

Consumer Reports Tests the ShamWow

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It's Real: Reader Receives His Tentacle Grape

It's Real: Reader Receives His Tentacle Grape

Last week, we wondered whether Tentacle Grape soda was a real product or a funny/tasteless joke that had turned into a scam, since people had placed orders for it with real cash and had yet to see any product. A reader named Harley emailed us to say a box of the soda just arrived at his address today, along with a condom, naturally. Because that’s just classy. He adds, “I can’t comment on the taste as I haven’t yet tried it, but I don’t think I’ll be using the condom.” Click through for a bigger pic.